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24th April Issue 2017

New Mangawhai run-walk course a firm favourite

The event previously known as the Hot Printz Mangahwai Heads 2 Hub had a complete revamp on Sunday April 9, with a brand new course design, which proved to be a winner.




Development criticism unfair and innaccurate says GM

Tara Iti Golf Club general manager Matt Guzik responds to detractors of the multi-million dollar coastal development, and details how the local community is benefiting now and in the future.

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Review of the Regional Land Transport Plan under way

A legally-required three-yearly review has begun of what is effectively the master plan for land transport right across Northland.

OPINION: Wanted: A fair go for all fishermen

There’s nothing quite like motoring out into the bay, throwing a line overboard and hauling in a few fresh fish. It’s fairly standard Kiwi recreation, however some recreational fishermen hold the view that such activity is not only traditional but also spiritual and an indigenous right to be undertaken at will.


Fat matters

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Worzels World - Lest We Learn

Whilst plying one of the many trades for which I am Jack of at the Maungaturoto RSA cemetery, I realised that of the world wars that were actually called world wars – and not provincial reconstructions or peacekeeping or pre-emptive defence or some other creative description of going somewhere overseas and killing people – very few veterans of those wars remain unburied.

Pianist jumps from screen into reality


NRC and China Railway sign MOU

An official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recognising a relationship between the Northland Regional Council and China Railway Zhongji Holding Group was signed in Whangarei on April 10.

Council chairman Bill Shepherd says the MOU essentially formalises an agreement to identify and develop business opportunities for the benefit of the Northland economy and its people.

Paying the price for progress

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Gardening with Gael - Springtime magic in Japan, pink flowers blanket country

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Free kiwi avoidance training for dogs encouraged

Avoidance training for dogs is a tool which helps reduce the threat dogs pose to kiwi.

Since kiwi were reintroduced in the Brynderwyns in 2013, Marunui Conservation has been organising annual training days.


Blinds and curtains add finishing touch

Just like a woman without make-up, your home is never fully dressed without curtains and blinds which add that special finishing touch.

Servicing the Bream Bay and Mangawhai areas, Lesley Wood of Window Decor Ltd is the ideal lady to help you decide on your curtain and blind requirements.

On the trail of art and design

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Letter to the Editor

Waitaha claims shaky
I read with concern the fostering of mythology by the proponents of pseudo-history regarding the Waipoua Forest archaeological reports.

What Kevan (Marks) fails to tell you in his letter (Mangawhai Focus, April 10) are that the claims of the embargo until 2063 refer only to a handwritten index to the notes of the archaeologist who did the field work at the time.

In-house maintenance pays off for rescue service

The Northland Rescue Helicopter (NRH) has made significant savings since the move 18 months ago to undertake maintenance of its aircraft in-house.


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KDC Crown Manager withdrawn

Associate Minister of Local Government, Jacqui Dean, announced last week that she is withdrawing Crown Manager, Peter Winder, from the Kaipara District Council because of technical uncertainties about his appointment.


Fun the goal for new-look game

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Hometown hero on the mat

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OHS equestrian team takes title

Otamatea High School’s crack equestrian team has won the annual Kristin School Intercollegiate Ribbon Day, heading off their higher profile Auckland rivals.


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IRB Champs signals end to season

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Locals shine at primary school champs

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Good gravel on the roads for International Rally of Whangarei

Just days out from the opening round of the 2017 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), New Zealand’s International Rally of Whangarei has been spared the predicted lashing Tropical Cyclone Cook was expected to deliver.

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